This anthology reconsiders the meanings of multiculturalism in the West. In introducing a new conceptual language, the volume stresses the importance of distinguishing between the multicultural as a signifier of the unsettled meanings of cultural differences, and multiculturalism as the signified of attempts to “fix” their meaning in national imaginaries. The book also casts the debates about multiculturalism in the contexts of globalization, post-colonialism, and what Barnor Hesse calls “multicultural transruptions”--which he sees as resurgent, irrepressible multicultural issues.
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About the Author
Barnor Hesse is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of East London, UK.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Conceptual Reflections Introduction: Un/Settled Multiculturalisms - Barnor HessePart 2: Diaspora Formations 1.Beyond Westphalia: Nations and Diasporas - the case of the Muslim Umma -S. Sayyid 2. Reading Within A Diasporic Boundary: Transatlantic Black Performance And The Poetic Imperative - Brett St. Louis 3. Chinese Takeaways as Diasporic Habitus - David Parker 4. Diasporicity: Black Britain‘s Post-Colonial Formations - Barnor HessePart 3: Cultural Entanglements 5. (Dis)Entangling the ‘Asian Gang‘: Ethnicity, Identity, Masculinities - Claire Alexander 6. Ragga Music: Dis/respecting Black women and Dis/reputable Sexualities - Denise Noble 7. Colonial Entanglements - Roiyah Saltus-Blackwood 8. Some Kind of White, Some Kind of Black: Living the moments of Entanglement in South Africa and its academy - Zimitri ErasmusPart 4: Political Considerations Conclusion: The Multicultural Question - Stuart Hall